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  • The Farr Side: Has Simon Cowell lost the ‘X-Factor’?

  • When things don’t go as planned for Simon Cowell, he’s always quick to point fingers at others. It happened after Season One of “X Factor” when the show failed to pull in 20 million viewers as Cowell projected and now it’s happening again when the show only managed to rally up 8 million average viewers per episode.

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  • When things don’t go as planned for Simon Cowell, he’s always quick to point fingers at others. It happened after Season One of “X Factor” when the show failed to pull in 20 million viewers as Cowell projected and now it’s happening again when the show only managed to rally up 8 million average viewers per episode.
    Cowell was quick to blame longtime friend Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzlinger for Season One’s measly 12 million viewers. Remember, it was Cowell who touted that the show would easily get over 20 million.
    His response to the lackluster ratings was to fire Abdul and Scherzlinger, blaming them for the show’s less than expected poor showing despite major promotional blitz campaign.
    For Season Two he chose to bring aboard Pop Princess Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges alongside he and music mogul L.A. Reid in the hopes that it would boost ratings and lure in younger viewers.
    I thought this was a mistake from the get-go on Spears’ part even though she was paid a cool $15 mil. I wouldn’t have done it had I been her.
    Cowell is already playing the blame game, stating it was Spears’ demeanor that failed this time and that he was hoping for “crazy Britney” to appear. Really, Simon?
    I hate to say it, but I think the real reason the show tanked, per say, is Cowell himself. I do believe America’s love affair with this freak is over and that he’s to blame for the low ratings — Not Abdul, Scherzlinger, or Spears.
    Cowell has to be the most arrogant dude on TV. I think the reports circulating before this season’s finale on Reid’s departure was so that Cowell couldn’t fire him. Reid is a major player in the music business and this show wasn’t cutting it for him. It hasn’t produced any real winners yet, despite all the hoopla - which for people like Reid makes it a waste of time.
    Now, for me, it’s a shame because the show really did find some awesome talent along the way, but for the most part nothing has come about for the talent found here in America.
    Perhaps, Tate Stevens will be the exception. Stevens, mentored by Reid, managed to pull off the win during the finale from Carly Rose (Spears) and Fifth Harmony (Cowell).
    Stevens’s win did surprise me, considering the show was obviously aimed at younger viewers this time. Stevens is a 36-year-old country music singer who simply came to win and Reid new that about him.

    Last year it was Cowell’s Melanie Amaro who captured the $5 million dollar contract, but has yet to put out an album. The longer a winner of such a show like this waits to release an album, the less they stay fresh in the minds of viewers. Amaro will have trouble now finding her audience.
    Page 2 of 2 - Rumors are flying about “X Factor” sponsors wanting to pull out or reduce their contributions. I think the $5 million contract will be a thing of the past if “X Factor” indeed returns for a Season Three. But, more importantly is who will be dumb enough to want to be sitting in those empty judges seats next time.
    Hey Simon - Maybe it’s you that has lost that “X Factor” with reality TV.
    David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at farrboy@hotmail.com. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.
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